“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it” Edmund Burke

The History Department Ethos

The History Department at St Bonaventure’s develops a love of learning about and from the past. To help our students do this, we ensure that our lessons are creative, innovative and develop key skills. Also, as London, and further afield, is thriving with opportunities to delve into the past, we have many opportunities to discover what life in the past was like and what impact it has had on our lives today. 


Ms P.Sood – Curriculum Leader

Ms S.Patel – Assistant Curriculum Leader

Ms V.Qurrey – Deputy Headteacher and History Teacher

Mr D.Bastian – Assistant Headteacher and History Teacher

Ms K.Coe – Assistant SENco and History Teacher

Mr L.Flynn – History and Politics Teacher

Mr A.McDonald – Curriculum Leader Politics (Acting) and History Teacher

Ms E.Rahman – Assistant Headteacher (Mat Leave) Curriculum Leader Politics and History Teacher

Extra Curricular Activities

A wide range of extra-curricular activities are on offer. These enhance student experiences of the broad range of topics taught in History.  These include:

  • The London Dungeon
  • The Imperial War Museum
  • Museum of London
  • National Maritime Museum

In addition, there are regular workshops to commemorate events such as Black History Month, major historical events and the Holocaust. 

Key Stage Three History Club runs on Tuesday lunchtimes in Room 48.

Skills developed in History:

  • Problem solving
  • Critical analysis
  • How to construct an argument 
  • Excellent communication & writing skills
  • How to handle & analyse data
  • Research skills
  • How to select  and use evidence
  • Synthesising ideas


From ‘Which?’ Magazine on the most valuable careers

“…Historians are regarded as having had an education that trains their minds to assemble, organise and present facts and opinions and this is a very valuable quality in many walks of life and careers…History is an excellent preparation for very many jobs…”
Which? Magazine

Many Historians go on to become lawyers, managers, journalists, bankers, businessmen, teachers, judges, detectives, politicians, archaeologists, museum curators, librarians, UN Ambassadors, and world leaders.

Heres a list of some History Graduates:

  • Gordon Brown Ex-Prime Minister (Edinburgh)
  • Lord John Sainsbury CEO of Sainsbury’s (Oxford)
  • Jonathon Ross TV Presenter and Critic 
  • Diane Abbots (Oxford)
  • Sacha Baron Cohen, Ali G (Oxford)
  • Chris Martin Singer of Coldplay (UCL)
  • George Bush Former US President

Key Stage Three and 4 Overview of Study

Year 7

In Key Stage 3 students have two hours of History a week.

Themes covered
Term 1.1
Term 1.2
The Romans

Medieval Realms 1066-1500

Term 2.1
Term 2.2
Medieval Realms 1066-1500
The Making of the United Kingdom 1500-1750
Term 3.1
Term 3.2
The Making of the United Kingdom 1500-1750

Local History


Year 8

Themes covered
Term 1.1
Term 1.2
The Slave Trade

The Civil Rights Movement

Term 2.1
Term 2.2
The road to Indian Independence
Expansion, Trade and Industry 1750-1900
Term 3.1
Term 3.2
Expansion, Trade and Industry 1750-1900

The Russian Revolution


Year 9

Themes covered                                               
Term 1.1

Term 1.2

World War I

World War II

Term 2.1

Term 2.2



Term 3.1

Term 3.2

The Holocaust

The Cold War


Key Stage 4 

Paper 1: Crime and Punishment C1000 to the Present Day

Paper 2: Superpower Relations 1945-91 and Henry VIII and his Ministers 1509-1540.

Paper 3: Germany 1919-39

This course is 100% exam based. Students have 3 lessons per week in Year 10 and 2 lessons a week in Year 11.

The Exam Board is Edexcel

Link to Specification


Key Stage 5

Edexcel History A Level Route F  – Searching for Rights and Freedoms in the 20th Century


Topic  % of qualification 
Paper One In Search of the American Dream: the USA, c1917–96 30
Paper Two India, c1914–48: the road to independence 20
Paper Three Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors 1485-1603 30
Coursework Margaret Thatcher Case Study 20

Edexcel History A Level Curriculum


Key Stage 3 Reading List

  • Rome The Empire – Walter Robson.
  • Medieval Realms – Walter Robson.
  • The Making Of The United Kingdom – Fiona Reynoldson & David Taylor.
  • The Black Peoples Of The Americas – John D Clare.
  • Industrial Britain – Christine Counsell & Chris Street.
  • Challenge And Change. A World Study After 1919 – Phillip Ingram.
  • Peace And War – Colin Shepherd, Andy Reid , Chris Shepherd.

BBC Bitesize Website

Key Stage 4 Reading List

  • GCSE History: Germany 1918-1939 (Folens) – Aaron Wilkes.
  • Germany 1918-1945: A Study In Depth – Greg Lacey, Keith Shepherd.
  • The Cold War, 1945-1951 – Derrick Murphy.
  • British Depth Study; 1939-1975 – Rosemary Rees.
  • GCSE Modern World History – Ben Walsh
  • Crime and Punishment Through Time – Ian Dawson

BBC Bitesize Website


A Level Reading List

Robin Bunce and Laura Gallagher, Edexcel AS History, Unit 1: Pursuing Life and Liberty: Equality in the USA, 1945-1968 (Pearson, 2009)

Peter Clements, Prosperity Depression and the New Deal Third Edition, Access to History (Hodder Education, 2005)

David Mauk and John Oakland, American Civilization (Routledge, sixth edition, 2014)

Derrick Murphy, Kathryn Cooper and Mark Waldron, The United States 1776–1992 (Collins, 2001)

Vivienne Sanders, Civil Rights in the USA, 1945–1968, Access to History (Hodder Education, 2008)

Doug and Susan Willoughby, The USA 1917–45, Heinemann Advanced History (Heinemann, 2000)

Ian Copland, India 1885–1947: The Unmaking of an Empire (Routledge, 2001)

Tim Leadbeater, Britain and India 1845–1947 (Hodder, 2008)

Rosemary Rees, Britain and the Nationalist Challenge in India 1900–47 (Pearson, 2010)

Alison Gundy, Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors 1485-1603 (Pearson 2016)

Mary Dicken and Nicholas Fellows, England 1485-1603 (Hodder 2016)


History – Reading for Pleasure

  1. “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” – John Boyne
  2. “The Book Thief” – Marcus Zusak
  3. “Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry” – Mildred Taylor
  4. “Let the Circle be Unbroken” – Mildred Taylor
  5. “When Hitler killed Pink Rabbit” Judith Kerr
  6. “Goodnight Mr Tom” – Michelle Magorian
  7. “The Diary of Anne Frank” – Anne Frank
  8. “Private Peaceful” – Michaell Murphogo
  9. “The Vesuvius Trilogy” – Caroline Lawrence
  10. “Horrible Histories” – Terry Dreary.

Popular authors who write historical novels: Philippa Gregory, Rose Tremain, Paul Doherty, Antonia Fraser, Hilary Mantel..